Information is not motivation. Otherwise no one would smoke, everyone would obey the speed limit and I would make healthier breakfast choices. Yet, too often we try to convince an audience of something by shouting facts at them. If you’re trying to persuade someone, before you tell them, you have to connect with them.
In trying to compel people to change their behavior we’ve all been guilty of the biggest mistake of all — telling them what they should or shouldn’t do. I’ve fallen into the trap of nagging friends and family. I tell them what they should do or how they should think. You probably can guess how that turns out.
Everyone gets stuck creatively now and then. It’s frustrating and if it’s part of your job, scary. The first thing I do is figure out why it’s happening. Here are some possible causes and solutions for you.